Caterer Salary

Caterers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.95 per hour. There are more female Caterers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. The majority of Caterers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one-fifth get medical and dental insurance, and roughly one in eight get vision plans, too.

$20,553 - $60,052
$21K
$34K
$60K
MEDIAN: $33,840
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50%
90%

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$8.57 - $17.84
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$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$20,553 - $60,052  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,808 - $41,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.57 - $17.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.56  
Overtime
$6.36 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,808 - $41,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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Job Description for Caterer

The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.

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Caterer Tasks

  • Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
  • Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
  • Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
  • Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.

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Pay by Experience Level for Caterer

Pay by Experience for a Caterer has a positive trend. An entry-level Caterer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 77 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caterer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Caterer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 21 salaries. A Caterer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 10 salaries.

Key Stats for Caterer

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Caterer Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 81%